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Having your wedding somewhere that isn’t traditionally a venue comes with its fair share of challenges, but if a place has special meaning to you and your beau, all of the headaches that come with tasks like mowing lawns and renting generators can be so very worth it. Charlotte and Zachary have been visiting Zachary’s family farm together since they started dating, and especially after he chose the location as the place where he proposed, they knew it would be the most meaningful place for them to become husband and wife. As you can see, all of the work they put into preparing the farm for their 225 guests paid off, and every sweet bit of it was captured beautifully by our Blue Ribbon Vendor, Mint Photography!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Zach and I have known each other since we were children. We were both born in Temple, Texas, and grew up there. My family and I moved to the Dallas area in 2001. After relocating to Austin with my family in 2010, Zach and I reconnected. Our romance blossomed at a summer concert in Belton and we started dating.
Tell us all about the proposal! Zach proposed in March 2012 during a picnic on the bluff overlooking the river at his family’s farm in Temple, Texas, where we were later married.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? The Baird family farm, where Zach’s grandfather lives, has a special place in the hearts of the Baird family. It is where Zach proposed to me, and where we have spent many happy times fishing and kayaking.

The long walk with my dad across the pasture to the ceremony site was so memorable. During that walk, it seemed that everything had come together, even despite the threat of rain. I could finally relax and enjoy the moment.

The rustic setting–the farm’s pecan orchard and hay barn–was very Southern. We loved serving Southern foods, from the fork-tender barbecued brisket, sausage, and turkey, to the pies displayed on vintage cake stands and topped with Blue Bell ice cream. The bridal party, as well as many of our guests, wore boots, and we gave away jars of Texas honey as favors

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Choosing a venue where we had to bring in generators for electricity, lighting, tables, chairs, a dance floor, decor, restroom facilities, etc. proved to be more work than we had anticipated, but my family and friends pitched in to help set up, decorate, and clean up. All of the hard work was worth it to have our wedding and reception at the Baird family farm, a place that means so much to me and my husband’s family.

When did y’all get married? April 27, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 225
Describe your wedding flowers. We were married in the pecan orchard on the bluff overlooking the river. Two towering pecan trees wrapped with billowing tulle bows and two large, flower-filled garden urns framed the wedding party during the ceremony. White ceramic vases hung from shepherd’s hooks along the aisles of white chairs. My bouquet was a natural gathered bouquet of white and ivory flowers and the boutonnieres for Zach and his groomsmen were made of white lisianthus blossoms. Tables at the reception were decorated with simple flowers displayed in vintage vases, milk glass, and jars. Hay bales covered with burlap provided extra seating for the children to have a better view of the ceremony, and additional hay bale couches draped in cloth served as extra seating at the reception.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We both love pie, so we had 27 assorted pies instead of a wedding cake. The flavors included Southern pecan, peach, apple, cherry, blackberry, strawberry rhubarb, buttermilk, and Almond Joy.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The fact that everyone seemed to have a great time. The barbecue, pies and band were great, and it was so much fun to see generations of family members dancing together!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We built a new home together in Salado and moved in after our wedding. We are enjoying settling into married life and our new home, and we are looking forward to building a family and future together.

Photographer: Mint Photography / Planner: Michelle Jones Meeks at Majestic Time Wedding & Event Planning / Venue: Private residence / Florist: Creative Innovations / Pie Baker: Texas Pie Company / Caterer: Louie Mueller Barbecue / Rentals: Marquee Rents, Party Rentals of Texas, and Best Memories Tent & Dance Floor Rentals / Lighting: Action Rental / Band: Sloppy Joe Band / Bride’s Gown: Watters / Bridal Salon: Serendipity Bridal / Paper Products: Studio W Designs / Hair Stylist: Christopher Rodriguez at Allure Salon / Makeup Artist: Timea Peterfia / Men’s Attire: Jos A. Bank / Transportation: Fairway Sports Vehicles

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lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Breanna reply

    What a beautiful wedding! How blessed Zach and Charlotte must feel to have been able to get married in such a special spot with so much meaning to the two of them and the groom’s family. I love the idea of pies in lieu of a traditional wedding cake. The photographs are unbelievable! And, of course, I have to mention how stunning the bride looks!

  2. avatar Lindsay reply

    such a lovely farm wedding! And a beautiful bride!

  3. avatar Emily reply

    Adore those sweet flower girls :)

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When Annie + Jimmy planned their wedding, they simply wanted a design that would reflect their “deep-seated Tennessee Southern roots.” From homemade elements like numerous family quilts and pillows to the late night snack of Krystal burgers, there ain’t nothin’ more Southern than what the newlyweds put together. (Y’all just read about their getaway truck, Earl!) Of the numerous details, some of my favorites include the hanging kites and wildflower arrangements. Scroll down and you’ll see a gorgeous quilted chair back that will make you want to break out your sewing kit. Even better is the adorable ring bearer trying to make his getaway, but I won’t give it all away. These images from Jonathan Canlas will do just the trick.

For Annie, her best advice to brides is to “make it yours.” I can’t tell you how special it was to have meaning in absolutely everything.

We used all types of flowers for the wedding. I wanted it to look like we had gone out and picked our favorite flowers. We used tons of wildflowers as well as peonies, hydrangeas and sunflowers. We used all different types of containers for the flowers – from mason jars to vintage Cracker Jack tins.

The wedding cake was made to look like a quilt. It was square with three tiers. Each square was made to look like it was quilted and had various quilt square patterns going around it. The cake topper was composed of two handmade fabric birds made to look like us. The groom had Jimmy’s exact plaid pocket square, tie and linen suit (in miniature, of course!), and the bride was made using the actual lace from my wedding dress. It was a strawberry cake with buttercream icing, and it was delicious! I didn’t want a traditional cake with fondant icing. Jimmy’s groom’s cake was a surprise. It was made to look like a stack of his favorite books: “All the Pretty Horses” by Cormac McCarthy, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, and “All the King’s Men” by Robert Penn Warren.

We left the ceremony in Jimmy’s green ‘52 Ford pickup truck, affectionately known as “Earl.” It was an engagement gift from my dad to Jimmy, and they plan to restore it over the next few years together. Before the wedding, they managed to cut and build mahogany rails for the bed. My mom stitched the phrase “Just Hitched” onto a burlap banner attached to the tailgate, which was also lined with ribbon streamers strung with yarn pompons. Our guests tossed—or in some cases, hurled—birdseed that was tied up in squares of old floral flour sacks and kitchen twine. My aunt is making us a Double Wedding Ring quilt as our wedding gift using the flour sack fabric from the birdseed toss—something we will cherish forever.

What was the funniest moment? What was the scariest? The cake cutting was one of the funniest moments, I think. I had already warned Jimmy that I was going to smash the cake in his face, but I wasn’t expecting him to strike first! He served the slice delicately toward my mouth, then smeared it straight up my face. While I stood there in shock, he drew war paint on my cheeks with the icing, and grinned wickedly. I was breathing strawberries and butter cream the rest of the night! But I got him back with a great forehand to his face. We kissed and made up, coated in icing. The scariest moment for me was being in front of everyone at the ceremony. I am very shy! It was likewise for Jimmy, but mainly because he felt a little overheated in his suit and had to stand at the altar during the full processional of bridesmaids, flower girls, and ring bearer before my entrance. He was very excited to grasp my hand and stand beside me!
Were there any family traditions you included in the reception? I used pictures of my grandmother and my mom on their wedding days, as well as lots of family antiques and quilted elements – which are part of my family heritage. My family owns a Krystal franchise. It’s a Southern-specific burger chain that has been a big part of the South since 1932. As a surprise, we served Krystals as the late night snack in custom made Krystal boxes Jimmy and I had designed months earlier.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? I’m looking forward to being home as a married couple and using the different objects from the wedding to make a home for us. I am very excited to start our life together here in Chattanooga! We hope to learn something new about each other every day, and we are certain that whatever the future holds, we can enjoy its blessings and endure its hardships as long as we stand by each other.
Best advice or most memorable comment someone made to you during the wedding celebration. One of Jimmy’s fraternity brothers shared some advice that he was told at his own wedding, and Jimmy found it really moving: “Marriage isn’t about keeping score, because you already owe the other person everything.”

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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    Beautiful colours and details! Amazingly well photographed.

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    Love the flowers here!

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Courtney + Chris are a couple that knows the way to my heart. Their barn reception was complete with string lights and s’mores by the fire pit. My favorite details didn’t work alone, though. The newlyweds’ reception boasted the best of Southern culture. Guests were met with cool and fruity drinks to quench their thirst, wheat sprays looked sophisticated in tall metal pails and burlap dressed the round tables outside. Good ole Southern eats and red velvet cupcakes from the dessert bar topped off the evening. We wouldn’t have had it any other way! Big thanks again to Something Pretty Fine Art Photography for sending this city-meets-country wedding our way!

See all the photos from Courtney + Chris’s wedding in their Real Wedding Gallery!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Guests were offered sweet tea and strawberry lemonade upon entering the ceremony, which was on a farm. Vintage galvanized peach buckets holding abundant baby’s breath lined the aisle and programs were housed in peach crates. Antlers served as centerpieces at the reception. Our band played bluegrass music during the ceremony and country music during the dinner and first part of the reception. Our first dance was to Randy Travis. Our paper goods had elements of burlap, and the men wore purple gingham pocket squares. The flower girls had monogrammed sashes on their dresses, and the list goes on! As a New Yorker who has always loved the South and now lives here, it was important for me to juxtapose city and country elements. I wanted to honor the setting without abandoning my roots and style. So I blended Southern influences with some unexpected city elements.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: I am a huge dessert fan and, thus, wanted an assortment of desserts rather than a cake. The amazing Hallie Janes created a lovely dessert bar with everything from red velvet cupcakes and mini fruit tartlets to Georgia pecan bites and homemade cookies. We also had s’mores down by the lake-side fire pit.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Limiting the guest count. I come from a large family and we are lucky to have so many wonderful friends, but we really wanted the wedding to be around 130 people. It was hard to draw the line.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The moment after walking down the sun-lit aisle standing in between my father and my soon-to-be husband. Ok, that and the moment during the reception when I saw that things were getting rowdy!
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did not write our own vows but we were able to create the wedding ceremony wording. Our favorite part is as follows, as it celebrates the shared past we had, and how much it molded us: “You are all especially welcome here because you form a circle of love. Courtney and Christopher are who they are, in part, because they have known all of you. The loved ones in this circle have shared concerns, have shared both agreement and disagreement, have shared tears and laughter. Through that sharing, Courtney and Chris have become more as persons, as have you. You are not spectators today. You are all a part of their past.”
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Take everyone up on offers to help – and ask if you fall short on offers. And if you work, take a full week off before the wedding as countless things crop up. I really regret not doing that.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We both feel so blessed to have found one another again and are happily enjoying life in Atlanta. We are looking forward to growing our family that already includes Chris’ amazing 7-year-old son.

Photographer: Something Pretty Fine Art Photography // Videographer: Scott Felsen of Golden Weddings // Planner: No Regrets Events // Venue: Private Barn in Greensboro, GA // Florist: Le Petit Jardin // Caterer: Hallie Janes // Rentals, Linens, Lighting: Hallie Janes // Paper Products: Stationary by Tickled Ink, Burlap Invite Backers from The Blue Envelope, Personalized Items from KaydenAshley on Etsy // Bride’s Dress: Carolina Herrera // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Veil custom made by Ruby V // Bride’s Shoes: Miu Miu from Bergdorf Goodman // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Haute Hippie

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Deana reply

    On Rustic Lakeside Wedding from Something Pretty Part II– is there any way to find out where that barn is besides “private barn in Greensboro GA” because I live in GA & is the picture perfect venue I want– I saw the picture of the barn with the tables and string lights (afternoon picture a few down from the picture of the pink drinks) and fell in love with it. I really want my wedding there and if there was any way to find out that’d be amazing. That way I don’t have to go search all of Greensboro GA to find it :)

    Thanks so much! :)

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